Eagles snap counts: Malcolm Jenkins finally takes a break

Eagles snap counts: Malcolm Jenkins finally takes a break

The Eagles are winning by too much and it's screwing up all cool snap count stats I had. 

Last week, Jason Kelce was taken out of a blowout, which ended his consecutive snaps played streak at 3,345 (see story)

This week, it was Malcolm Jenkins who took a seat. Late in the 51-23 beating of the Broncos, Jenkins was taken out of the game. He finished after playing 54 of 64 possible snaps. He hadn't missed a single defensive snap on the season before Sunday — 514 of 514. 

Jenkins missed more defensive snaps on Sunday (10) than he had in his previous three and a half years in Philly (eight in 56 games). Jenkins missed just one total defensive snap in all of 2016. So it was a pretty well-deserved break. Corey Graham played some extra snaps toward the end of the game at safety for Jenkins. 

Jalen Mills was the only defensive player to play all 64 snaps. Rodney McLeod played 63; he came out for a play because of an equipment issue. 

On offense, Corey Clement led all running backs in snaps with 28. He was followed by Jay Ajayi (17), LeGarrette Blount (16), Wendell Smallwood (6) and Kenjon Barner (2). All five running backs were active and four got a carry; only Barner didn't. 

Mack Hollins saw a big jump in his snaps. He played a career-high 30, while Torrey Smith played just one more, 31. Marcus Johnson also got 20 snaps. Over the last few weeks, Smith's playing time has decreased as Hollins and Johnson have been given more opportunities. 

Without Zach Ertz, Brent Celek got the start and played a season-high 54 snaps and Trey Burton played a season-high 47 snaps. Both had good production. Celek had three catches for 39 yards and Burton had two catches for 41 yards and a touchdown. 

Here is a full look at Eagles snap counts from Sunday: 

Stefen Wisniewski - 69 snaps (100 percent)
Halapoulivaati Vaitai - 69 (100)
Jason Kelce - 69 (100)
Brandon Brooks - 55 (80)
Carson Wentz - 55 (80)
Brent Celek - 54 (78)
Lane Johnson - 49 (71)
Alshon Jeffery - 49 (71)
Trey Burton - 47 (68)
Nelson Agholor - 40 (58)
Torrey Smith - 31 (45)
Mack Hollins - 30 (43)
Corey Clement - 28 (41)
Isaac Seumalo - 25 (36)
Marcus Johnson - 20 (29)
Jay Ajayi - 17 (25)
LeGarrette Blount - 16 (23)
Chance Warmack - 14 (20)
Nick Foles - 14 (20)
Wendell Smallwood - 6 (9)
Kenjon Barner - 2 (3)

Jalen Mills - 64 snaps (100 percent)
Rodney McLeod - 63 (98)
Malcolm Jenkins - 54 (84)
Nigel Bradham - 54 (84)
Patrick Robinson - 51 (80)
Mychal Kendricks - 47 (73)
Brandon Graham - 40 (62)
Fletcher Cox - 39 (61)
Rasul Douglas - 37 (58)
Chris Long - 35 (55)
Vinny Curry - 34 (53)
Beau Allen - 30 (47)
Derek Barnett - 29 (45)
Destiny Vaeao - 28 (44)
Tim Jernigan - 20 (31)
Corey Graham - 18 (28)
Joe Walker - 15 (23)
Najee Goode - 13 (20)
Jaylen Watkins - 13 (20)
Kamu Grugier-Hill - 10 (16)
Dexter McDougle - 10 (16) 

Brandon Brooks restructuring deal for Nick Foles a 'no-brainer'

Brandon Brooks restructuring deal for Nick Foles a 'no-brainer'

A few days ago, the Eagles and Nick Foles agreed to rework his contract.

The restructured deal included a $2 million signing bonus and incentives based on whether Foles starts and reaches certain goals, plus a mutual option for 2019 (see story). Monday, it became clearer how the Eagles were able to get Foles more money up front when Pro Bowl offensive guard Brandon Brooks tweeted this:

Brooks restructured his current deal last Friday to help out his quarterback (see story)

NBC Sports Philadelphia had Brooks and RT Lane Johnson on Quick Slants Monday. Brooks had this to say about the restructure and his tweet:

Whenever it comes to a restructure, I just wanted to throw it out there — one, to clarify as far as exactly what happened and then two, probably the most important thing is look at what Nick did. I literally did whatever it took to get him extra money. I mean, everything he’s done for us as a team, for us as a city. The Super Bowl MVP. You know, going out there, launching that thing every week. The leader he is. The high character guy he is. And when they approached me about it, it was kind of like, 'Nah,' but then after understanding it was for Nick Foles, then I said, 'Without question, let’s go ahead and get it done.' He deserves it, he brought the first championship to the city, so it was a no-brainer, without question for me.

Brooks' close friend and linemate Johnson added:

The man was thrown into the fire and came out on top. I mean, he was really thrown into a tough situation and only had two weeks the last part of the season to kind of get in a rhythm, and you know how those games went. The guy went out there and delivered. I’m just so proud of him. It couldn’t have happened to a better guy. We’re all happy for him.

As it gets closer to the 2018 NFL draft, the rumors continue to swirl that Foles could be traded. If it happens, a number of his teammates have told me Foles deserves his own team.

Will Foles be in Eagles green come September? Only time will tell, but whether he’s here or elsewhere, Foles will always have the respect and admiration from a group of guys who completed a magical season.

Eagles in contact with the White House about possible visit

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Eagles in contact with the White House about possible visit

After winning Super Bowl LI, the Patriots visited the White House on April 19, 2017. 

You might have noticed that April 19 has come and gone this year and there hasn’t been much talk of the Super Bowl champion Eagles visiting the relatively new home of President Donald Trump. 

But on Monday, the New York Times reported that discussions about a possible Eagles trip to the White House have begun.

The Eagles confirmed that report with the following in a statement: “We have been in contact with White House representatives and are currently discussing the logistics of an upcoming visit to Washington. We are honored to receive this invitation and view this not only as an opportunity to be recognized for our on-field achievements, but also as an opportunity to engage in productive dialogue with the leaders of our country."

This is the first time the Eagles have publicly spoken about a trip to the White House and the first time they’ve revealed they have been invited. When asked about the possible trip last month at the annual league meetings, Eagles owner Jeff Lurie didn’t seem very eager to speak about the topic. 

“We just won the Super Bowl,” Lurie said in Orlando last month. “I haven’t had any of those discussions. I have no idea. It’s just … I haven’t had those discussions.” 

The idea that the visit to the White House could be an opportunity for dialogue is an interesting one. Normally, these things are pretty much photo opportunities, but perhaps that’s part of the discussion. 

As you might guess, an Eagles trip to the White House is a pretty tricky trip to figure out. 

The Eagles have several players — Malcolm Jenkins, Chris Long, Torrey Smith — who have already said publicly that they wouldn’t attend. And last year when the Patriots won, Long and LeGarrette Blount were not among the group that went. Aside from that, Lurie, who donated money to Hilary Clinton’s presidential campaign, is considered one of the more liberal owners in the league. 

“We have been in conversations with the Eagles about timing and are working with them to make it happen,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, via the New York Times. “We hope to have something finalized in the next couple of weeks.”

According to the New York Times story, Lurie had strong criticism for Trump at a private league meeting last October as owners, players and executives met weeks after Trump scolded the NFL and players, which brought more league-wide protesting during the national anthem. During those meetings, Lurie described Trump’s presidency as “disastrous” and reportedly used a vulgarity to emphasize that opinion. 

This is not the first time an Eagle has had harsh words for Trump. Last September, Jenkins said Trump was “no different than a troll on social media.” 

The Eagles are the first Super Bowl-winning team after Trump’s attacks on the league and its players who had chosen to demonstrate during the national anthem. Last September, Trump said, “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired. He’s fired!’”

The week after Trump made those comments, protests became more wide-spread throughout the league, with entire teams demonstrating and showing unity. The Eagles — players, coaches and executives, including Lurie — locked arms as the Star-Spangled Banner was performed.